Very nice educational thread! People need to know all of the expences before they get in too deep...
I am greatful to have the help of my parents and to not have to pay board (currently). I have a friend from work who is an excelent farrier and cuts me a deal at $20 a horse instead of the average $40 in my area.(only trims no shoes) I also have a vet tech friend who gets and administers all of my yearly shots for free. I am knowledgable enough to treat most injuries myself...be it cuts, scrapes, Colic (Not to mention I have banamine and bute available for most occasions) etc. But im also smart enough to know when to get the vet out, and I don't mind paying the money! I just find its nice to be able to save a buck anyway possible lol as do most horse owners.
The only area I differ in is their teeth... I don't think they HAVE to be done yearly or twice yearly.My gelding needs his done 1-2 times a year...and I pay for it no problem...but my mare hasnt had hers done in forever and she is fine, But I am planning on becoming an equine detist and I have already started to study up so I can have a jump on my class mates...doesnt help the guy who does my geldings teeth teaches at the school I want to go to and he teaches me as he does my horses teeth...So I do have a general idea as to if they are fine or not (most owners don't) So im confident enough to say my mare doesnt need them done...does this mean that if she suddenly did I wouldnt pay? Heck no I would pay...and that is very likely...a horses condition changes constantly over its lifetime for many reasons. This also doesnt mean that you shouldnt have the vet out to check. Most owners don't have the knowledge to know about their horses mouth. That's why its best to have the vet look at it for you. New owners need to be ready to pay for this expense.
Horse owners need to be prepaired to change their equine budget if needs arise....that is why so many get into trouble when all of a sudden they have no money.
Think before you buy people!!!